Response to Intervention Math Coordinator and Math Instructional Coach at Charles R. Drew Charter School, Emily Desprez, will travel to Singapore in January as part of the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Desprez is one of only 35 U.S. citizens and two in metro Atlanta chosen for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards Teaching Program, a competitive international educational exchange program.
The Fulbright Program was created to foster understanding and relationships between residents of the United States and those in other countries. The program is funded by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Additional support is also provided by participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world. The program currently operates in over 160 countries and more than 370,000 students, teachers, scholars and artists, and scientists have received a Fulbright award. Those participating in the program are given the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to the solving of shared international concerns such as sustainable energy and climate change to public health and food security.
Desprez has worked as an educator at Drew Charter School since 2015 (pictured above on the right and to the left with a student). She currently supports mathematics classes at Drew that include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus. In previous years, Desprez taught Algebra 1 and Geometry. Prior to working at Drew Charter School, she taught at Achievement First University Prep in Brooklyn, NY and Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County through Teach For America. Last year, she was named as a finalist in Georgia Charter Schools Association’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Alumni of the Fulbright Program have been recognized for outstanding achievement in many fields, including 57 who have received the Nobel Prize, 82 who have won Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.